Proper Tree Care: How To Keep Trees Healthy
Trees add texture, depth, reduce air pollution and noise. Trees keep the temperature around your home relatively cool, provide shade, and are undeniably beautiful.
Many people have a common misconception that trees do not require much attention as they take care of themselves. The truth of the matter is that trees require some maintenance, such as pruning and regular inspection. In some instances, some trees need more than the usual attention to protect them from disease, extreme weather conditions, and damaging insects.
So, then the question is, where do you start?
- Tree must be in an ideal location
Consider the climate around your area. Select a tree suitable for the kind of climate and soil conditions that exist in your area. Once you have an appropriate tree, look for a spot in your home that gets ample sun and has enough space for a full-grown canopy of the tree. Most importantly, be on the lookout for underground utility lines, power lines, or even your house or other buildings, and avoid planting your tree next to any of these. When you plant your tree, be careful not to plant it too deeply.
- Watering trees
As it goes with any other kind of plant, you need to water your trees, especially if it has not rained in your area for an extended period. If your tree is new, it will most likely require between 4 to 10 gallons of water each week. However, if your tree is mature, it requires one inch of water each week. Using lawn sprinklers is beneficial for your grass and plants, but sprinklers cannot wet the soil deep enough for your tree needs. Using water from a water pipe or pail will assist you in giving your tree the correct amount of water.
Keep in mind the need to provide for your tree between 2 to 4 inches of mulch. Mulch assists in insulating the roots to prevent the soil from drying up too fast while protecting the young tree from lawn mower cuts. Nevertheless, ensure that as you spread the mulch, it does not cover the base of the trunk.
In the forest, microorganisms and decomposers convert falling leaves and clippings into food that nourishes the trees. Fertilizer makes up for the lack of these materials in your yard. After testing the soil around your tree to identify which elements are lacking or in short supply, you may need to apply suitable fertilizer to release these elements into the soil.
Pruning goes a long way to improve your tree structure while at the same time also getting rid of deadwood that may be holding your tree back from growing or spreading its branches. Knowing the branches that need to be pruned, and how to prune them effectively is difficult, and takes some expertise. Young trees should generally be pruned early and often to ensure the tree grows upward and reaches an ideal height. We are happy to take a look for you and lend you the advice that will lead to the best possible growth and health for your trees.
Contact the arborists at Johnson Ops Tree Care for help with your trees at 608-526-6297.